183 Dewberry Lane is our latest student mainstage show. It runs Saturdays in February at 6pm. Get your tickets here!
In order to really nail the tone of any genre improv show, the cast starts by doing a lot of research. When the cast of 183 Dewberry Lane got together to research this horror-comedy improv show, they got their reps in watching amature YouTube videos, classic horror films and modern “found footage” movies, focusing on plots where the living are unwelcome and the dead are very, very angry.
Here’s a list of their top 5 influences:
1. The Conjuring
A family moves into a dilapidated farmhouse. Everyone is very happy. Why won’t the family dog set foot in the house, though?
2. Poltergeist (the original!)
A family moves into a brand new suburb. They’re happy, isn’t the lawn nice? What’s going on with Carol Anne?
3. Paranormal Activity
A young couple move into a new house. Everything seems to be going well…actually, no, one of the protagonists is being tormented by a demon. But, hey, new house!
4. The Others
A young mother and her children live in isolation. A series of bumps in the night intensify to aggressive hauntings.
5. What Lies Beneath
A couple deals with the aftermath of a car wreck that leaves one of them with memory problems. The new neighbors next door sure do fight a lot.
by Jessica Von Schramm, Student Appreciation Show co-Director
Earlier this month I enrolled in Level 7, a unicorn-like class that happens only once a year. I finished Level 6 in 2013, and I’ve done several shows and a handful of improv festivals since then. So why take Level 7 now? There are many reasons, but the first one is that I enjoy being a student. I love learning, and I think everyone should actively pursue continuing education. We should always be on the hunt for more tools to add to our tools belts, more toys for our toy boxes. The Hideout provides ample ways for students to do that, and over the years, I’ve taken advantage of all of them. I’m a jam enthusiast, a Maestro regular, and a Free Fringe addict. These opportunities have meant everything to me, and I’m so grateful to be a part of the AIC community. I’m also grateful to be reviving my student status.
And now, in one of those full-circle/life-imitating-art/ironic-twist-of-fate kind of moments, I get to produce and direct a show completely comprised of students. This Saturday at 6pm, the Hideout Theatre is doing their 2nd Annual Student Appreciation Showcase. The first part of the showcase will feature a Valentine’s edition of the December Student MainStage show Home for the Holidays, of which I am a proud cast member. After that, twenty students will perform in what’s called the Student Battle Royale. We’ll have two teams of ten, and the students will duke it out on stage by tackling mysterious challenges for points. My co-director Tim Coyle and I have devised a list of challenging, ridiculous, and fun games to put the improvisers through. Trust me, they’ll love it!
I couldn’t be more honored to be directing the Student Appreciation Showcase – a show for the students, by the students. I’ve learned so much since I stepped into my first improv class four years ago, and I hope to pass some of that wisdom to the cast. And I can’t wait to see what they will teach me.
We are so excited to announce that we have brought on Lindsey McGowan and Cindy Page to be the technical directors at the hideout. Cindy and Lindsey have been integral to the success and quality The Hideout has achieved in recent years. Now that they are working with us in a more official capacity, we’re very excited to see what comes next! Welcome Lindsey and Cindy!
Lindsey McGowen has a BA in Technical Theater from Case Western Reserve University, and after moving to Austin from Detroit in early 2014, she quickly made herself a go-to person for technical theater needs in the area. In addition to working on Hideout mainstages such as The International Improv Experience, Boy, Howdy!, Savage Swords and Austin Secrets, she was also a technical improviser and stage manager for both the 2014 and 2015 B. Iden Payne Award-winning shows Hurly Burly and Nothing & Everything: Improvised Chekhov Plays. She is also Technical Director for the Hideout monthly show “Control Issues” and troupe History Under the Influence. Outside of improv, Lindsey is a nationally touring teacher and performer in the contemporary a cappella community.
Cindy Page is an inveterate member of the Tech Ninja Death Squad. Since 2011, she hasmade her home in the tech booths of the Hideout and Institution theaters; providing lights and sound for shows including B. Iden Payne award winning Hurly Burly, and Hideout mainstages A Deed So Dark, Austin Secrets, and Strange Worlds. She also trained the technical improvisers for The Aftermath and SongRunner, and is a founding member of Tech Nightmare and Technical Director for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Her rare appearances on stage usually feature a puppet, musical instrument, or both; as a performer with BatShyt Crazy Puppets, one quarter of the Tiny Cute Trio, and the non-felt bassist forFragile Rock.